Seeing all our student achieve makes all the effort worth it – Adult learners and their GCSE success at ATL

The Employment and Progression team at ATL have in the past year worked with a number of adult learners who have sought to achieve GCSE qualifications in Maths and English and with the return to normal GCSE exams after the two years of the pandemic interruptions to learning, the team are happy to celebrate the success of their adult learners in this academic year.

Amongst them are Barbara who has achieved an English grade 4 and in this case it is worthy of note as English is her 2nd language and this adds to her success in Functional Skills English and Maths, also Sinead and Lewis who have achieved English grade 5 and Natalie, Nicola and Veronika who can celebrate today their English grade 4 achievements.

In Maths we applaud Max, Sandra and Rebecca who achieved Maths grade 5 and Lewis who as we have said earlier, achieved an English grade 5 and added a Maths Grade 4 to his year’s hard work.

Whilst the numbers of adult learners, may be small, who study for GCSE’s with the Employment and Progression team at ATL their success is huge and we are happy to support all learning needs. Of our 34 learners who studied for GCSE this year, we have had 48% achieve a Grade 4 or above in English and Maths, which is a credit to our flexible style of supporting our learners to achieve success in Maths & English.


Robert Miller Tutor/Assessor – Functional Skills Maths & English

Department: Employment & Progression

Vocational Study Programme learners and their GCSE success at ATL

With the return to normal GCSE exams after the two years of the Pandemic interruptions to learning,  our Employment and Progression team are happy to celebrate the success of their Study Programme English and Maths learners in this academic year.

Although the number of learners may have been small we can celebrate the learners achievements especially Scarlett achieving a Maths Grade 5 and John, Patricia and Caitlln achieving Maths Grade 4 and Kelsie , Andrei and Billie-Jo who achieved English Grade 4, so a huge well done to all who took their English and Maths in this first year back to full time learning alongside their various main aims of study in a variety of vocational areas.

Robert Miller Tutor/Assessor – Functional Skills Maths & English

Department: Employment & Progression

What a year for the Team! Here are a bunch of reason why achieving Maths and English is good for you!

In the past year within Employment & Progression we have enjoyed a range of success with our learners and certainly amongst our adult learners some stories are worthy of mention.

The first to mention is Anitha who came to the UK from Rwanda with no recognisable UK qualifications and with our support worked through the English qualifications from Entry Level to Level 2 and progressed to HE qualifications and is now nearing the conclusion of a degree level of qualification in Human resources. AKP expressed her gratitude for the positive way in which she undertook her learning and the encouragement given to her to achieve.

Another is Barbara who is another learner for whom English was not her first language and undertook both Functional  English and Maths achieving Level 2 in both aims and was encouraged to then progress to GCSE. Barbara felt supported throughout her learning and encouraged to achieve and we are proud of her progression, which in turn led her to encourage a friend to do her English studies with us at ATL and this learner achieved her Level 1 in English.

I am pleased to talk about another learner, Charlotte who unemployed came to ATL to improve her Maths and English to improve her employability and so far has achieved a Level 2 in Maths and is now undertaking the English qualifications and says she likes the encouragement and support we offer that has helped in her attainment to date.

Elani a Mental Health Care professional who wanted to move up with her nursing career but required higher qualifications in Maths and had time constraints so she could enrol on an HE course. With the support at ATL and encouragement of her tutors within Employment and Progression, Elani achieved both Level 1 and Level 2 in her Maths and is now starting her HE studies and says she is grateful for the encouragement and support she received at ATL, which led to timely success.

Finally there is the success of Amanda who came to ATL scared of learning and afraid she could not achieve but with the support of the team in Employment and Progression has achieved English and Maths at Level 2 and is now entering a degree qualification to become a higher grade paramedic and says that it was the support of my tutor which led to my achievement. Not just teaching but supporting and helping me believe I could achieve. Amanda enjoyed the support and encouragement so much she now recommends work colleagues, two of whom have signed up to courses who are seeking to improve their Maths & English to come to ATL and join courses with the Employment and Progression team.

We now have more learners starting out on their learning journeys with us, a reflection of the support given to these learners who all enjoyed their experience with ATL and our E & P team who offer support and guidance to help our learners achieve, return to learning and enjoy real success.

Which Way? Your Way!

We really hope you got the end of year results you wanted!  With so many pathways to choose from, it can be confusing to decide which way is the best way for you. We are here to help you with the next steps.

The Which Way? Your Way! guide can help you make an informed decision about what to do next. From information on apprenticeships, traineeships, T-Levels and more, you can discover the opportunities open to you and how to get started. You can also find out about different resources and organisations that are there to help you with things like career advice, developing your CV as well as information on training providers in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall.

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You can also take a look at our apprenticeship vacancies here

Not yet ready for an apprenticeship and want some more experience? Follow this link to learn more about our traineeships.

Fabulous news for the Level 3 advanced technical diploma in Hairdressing class!

A massive congratulation goes out to the Level 3 diploma in Hairdressing class who have just found received their results.

Thirteen learners in this group all passed with a mix of grades from – pass, merit to distinction gaining important UCAS points with this qualification.

Some of the students are now working in salons and some are coming back in September to add beauty and reflexology to their skill set alongside working part-time in a salon.

For work opportunities in hairdressing take a look at the Find an Apprenticeship jobs page – there are lots of local employers are looking for people to employ straight away. 

Click here, to find out about enrolling onto a course in our Hair and Beauty department for this September. 

Hairdressing Courses L2 & L3

Beauty Courses L2 L3 and L4

Reflexology Course L3

Esme is celebrating after completing her Apprenticeship.

Hi my name is Esme and I recently completed my traineeship.

I have gained my entry 3 level in maths and English. Through my employability course I created my CV and learned how to conduct myself in interviews.

From there I completed my work experience with Woodford Methodist preschool and went onto an apprenticeship with another nursery provider.

I started here with low confidence and self-esteem and my tutor Mark helped me improve my English and I’m coming back in September to take Level 1. Rita is my traineeship coordinator who supported me in and out of college through emails and messages to keep me motivated and to give me help and advice when needed.

I would recommend Achievement Training to anyone who needs support getting back into education and finding work and at times either feel lost or needs guidance. I want to thank everyone at  Achievement Training.

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